Episode 25: Bob Roth


“The analogy of an ocean, where you have choppy waves on the surface, which is constantly tumbled and the choppy waves on the surface are our thoughts, are our feelings up and down and our life up and down, up and down. Success, failure, happy, sad, love, hate, hot, cold, pleasure, pain. […] Everyone, like an ocean, has turbulence on the surface. But at the depths of the ocean, it’s pretty darn steady and silent. We all have within us that field everyone, whether we believe it, […] it’s not a question of believing.” – Bob Roth

Oteil & Mike welcome Bob Roth, renowned Transcendental Meditation teacher and CEO of the David Lynch Foundation. Bob, Mike, and Oteil talk all about meditation in this episode, specifically Transcendental Meditation (TM), which Mike practices twice a day and Bob has taught for over 45 years. Bob explains TM and how it can improve your wellbeing, how it has helped folks with a range of ailments, and shares some of the science behind what’s happening in your brain during meditation. The three discuss accessing similar moments of transcendence in other settings, like scuba diving or playing music, and escaping the seemingly endless condition of anxiety that many of us find ourselves in. 

Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation leaders in America. Over the past 45 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people, and he is the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. As CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob has helped bring Transcendental Meditation to more than one million students in underserved schools in 35 countries, to military veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress and to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Health and Wellness, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Bob is the host of the SiriusXM radio show Success Without Stress and has spoken about the “science of meditation” to industry leaders at gatherings such as Google Zeitgeist, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Brain Conference, Wisdom 2.0 Conference, the Global Wellness Summit and CURA’s Unite To Cure at The Vatican.

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